How Latin America is Drawing in Global Tech Giants

Latin America’s tech-savvy workforce has attracted international companies to maintain support offices in the region for years. However, the recent government commitment to develop innovation hubs, coupled with a growing middle class that lead in the adoption of mobile devices, has made Latin America prime territory for global tech companies to target local consumers. More […]

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Underdog Lessons from Maximus Yaney and Titan Aerospace

Taking on giant corporations isn’t easy. Established companies always have a few home turf advantages: years of experience, a well-trained workforce, and brand recognition, among other things. Imagine how daunting it must have been for companies like Sony and Fuji to take on photo giant Kodak. How tough was it for Google to carve out […]

Algorithmic Transparency Is the Next Disruption for Tech Companies

The current notion of personalization is fairly shallow. Users can customize the kind of content they receive via Google Alerts and blog or website subscriptions, but not in the way an underlying infrastructure handles it. For comparison, this is like being able to choose your car’s color but not the make or model. For personalization […]

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Is openness the key to successful smart city developments?

Lots of articles have been written in the past year explaining what you need as a city planner to make your city smart, but the Dutch city of Breda believes openness with citizens, stakeholders, and utilities is the best way to achieve your goals without confusion or additional cost. Speaking to Computer Weekly, Corné Kriesels, […]

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IoT and coding: The most important IoT programming languages

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an entirely new platform for developers and engineers, but one thing should remain consistent as we move into this new world, the programming languages. From our limited time checking out IoT projects, developers seem to be utilizing the same languages for their projects, while also integrating some specific changes […]

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First self-driving auto fatality falls on Tesla

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today said it opened a preliminary investigation into all of Tesla’s Model S cars after a death involving one vehicle while in “Autopilot” mode. According to CNBC, NHTSA noted the accident, involving a 2015 Model S that was operating with autonomous driving features engaged, “calls for an examination of the […]

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Why are moral decisions so important for self-driving cars?

Self-driving cars are in the news again, after several surveys were released showing how people would want their computer-controlled car to react in a situation where it has to decide whether to save the driver or pedestrians. Most survey results suggested the driver would want to limit the amount of casualties, though we have seen sometimes […]

Over one third of Americans prefer better tech over better sex

Technology has enabled us to automate many of the day-to-day tasks we used to struggle over. Compiling data, handling email, and even networking has become a largely automated process for many professionals. A recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research in coordination with Built.io found that the modern worker is hungry for automation. Services like IFTTT connect different […]

Not so fast: Feds defer to states for self-driving laws

As governments at all levels scramble to develop rules for self-driving cars, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now says it won’t overrule state regulations. This has left some industry pundits fearing further fragmentation across the US autonomous vehicle industry, as the feds let states drive the regulatory bus in many different directions. […]

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Fiat to provide self-driving cars to Amazon and Uber?

Fiat Chrysler is making some more moves in the tech world, meeting with Amazon and Uber earlier this week to talk self-driving. The automaker wants to provide the two companies with test cars, in the hope that it leads to further partnerships down the road. It comes a month after Fiat partnered with Google’s self-driving […]

Well, of course, Larry Page invested in two flying car startups

Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page is much quieter than other leaders in the industry, rarely attending events (even Google I/O), speaking in public, or publicizing his investments. So it comes as a surprise when earlier this week a Bloomberg report revealed one of Page’s secret interests: flying cars. The chief executive has invested […]

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Mitsubishi Outlander hacked, raising car security stakes

Researchers at Pen Test Partners have wirelessly hacked the Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid SUV, allowing them to take control of the vehicle’s electric charging and even turn off the alarm system. In a five minute video, security researcher Ken Munro demonstrates how easy it is for a potential hacker to take control into the system and […]

Are telecoms being overlooked in smart city deployments?

Are telecoms being overlooked in smart city deployments?

Communications and networking might be overlooked by smart cities, missing out on the potential capabilities of partnering with telecoms to build “heterogeneous networks” that deliver service to multiple platforms. The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) claims — in its latest report titled “The Central Role of Telecoms in the Smart City” — that emerging technologies […]

Google’s self-driving car lab rolls into Motor City

In a move geared toward driving its autonomous vehicle program further down the road, tech giant Google will open a self-driving car technology center in the Detroit area. As reported on the Yahoo! Tech site Google is launching an advanced facility in Novi, Michigan for engineers and other specialists to test cars for its self-driving […]

Smart thermostat market dials up the heat

As ever more connected homes come online, a new study predicts the market for smart thermostats will quadruple to $4.4 billion over the next 10 years. Navigant Research just released a report entitled “Communicating Thermostats, Smart Thermostats, and Associated Software and Services: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts.” The research study anticipates that global revenue for […]